Copenhagen fuses quality of life at the local level with a global outlook.
It is internationally renowned for its innovative approach to the climate and the environment. It has a reputation as the world’s best city for cyclists. It is a living showcase for Danish architecture. But most of all, Copenhagen is a good place to live. None of this came about by chance. It is the result of years of planning and development based on the needs of Copenhageners – everybody who lives in, uses, visits, works with or runs a business in the city. It is based on the life between the buildings.
The City of Copenhagen has a total area of 74.4 km2 and a population of 600,000, rising by 1,000 citizens every month. The population is expected to reach 700,000 by 2025.
COPENHAGEN IN NUMBERS
constructed every year in Denmark
2.89 million tonnes
of construction and demolition waste generated in Denmark
of Denmark's waste is generated by construction
CIRCULARITY IN THE CITY
Co-create Copenhagen is the vision for 2025 and has three aims. To create ‘a liveable city’, ‘a city with an edge’ and ‘a responsible city’. In the responsible city, the City of Copenhagen aims at becoming the first carbon neutral capital, climate-proof by establishing new green urban spaces, and resource efficient by wasting no resources and being a leader in the circular economy.
The Architecture Policy Copenhagen 2017-2025 is called Architecture for people to illustrate that we strive to put people first in a city with buildings and open spaces. The policy includes ‘responsible design’ that aims at optimising resource use, and design of robust buildings and spaces that provides long-term value. The policy includes transformation and flexible design, using life cycle analysis (LCA) of building materials and exploiting existing building capacity by making rooftop flats.
The first Waste Management Plan was adopted in 1992, and the waste area, resource management, is a central part of the city’s work to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. The new Resource and Waste Management Plan is in public consultation and focuses on circular economy and aims at achieving 70% recycling of household waste in 2024. It also includes an aim to establish a storage facility for the municipality’s building materials and initiatives to improve the quality of construction and demolition waste.